"Michelle’s work has created a foundation of trust and respect and a new way forward..."
Michelle is a skilled facilitator, a truth teller, and a creator of invitations and opportunities that draw people into a conversation. With professionalism, personality and skill she led a group of non-Indigenous people into a discussion about colonization and its impacts. Instead of the conversation creating stressful tension, it created curiosity, self-reflection and opened up the group to sharing thoughts and ideas at a deeper level. Not only did we learn about Indigenous history, customs and ways of knowing, we learned more about our shared history and tangible ways we could move forward in building relationship and creating opportunities for reconciliation. Michelle’s work has created a foundation of trust and respect and a new way forward in our relationship with our First Nations colleagues.
"Michelle is an awesome facilitator."
Michelle is an awesome facilitator. What stood out to us the most was how she created a safe and open space to learn about complex and difficult-to-talk-about concepts. The activities not only challenged us but served to bring our team together in an incredibly meaningful way. She walks the talk, modelling leadership and care and showing that decolonization starts with each one of us. The Decolonizing Practices workshop energized the conversation in our office and provided a framework for reflecting on ourselves and our professional practices. Thanks Michelle!
"Hand to heart to Michelle and Lloyd for this gift!"
Calgary Foundation has committed to strengthening relationships with Indigenous communities in a variety of ways. One of those ways is incorporating a systems change approach, internally, that informs our current system of knowledge and practice in an effort to mobilize reconciliation. Decolonizing Practices, Sínulhkay and Ladders, is a powerful experience that challenges the mental models that exist in our personal and professional spaces. It also encourages and supports participants to unpack dialogue that is difficult to tackle at times. From the words of our CEO, “The best way to change a system is to change attitudes and beliefs”. Decolonizing practices has contributed to a shift in our beliefs and attitudes and will continue to help us surface tangible next steps as we move forward in our journey of learning for reconciliation. Hand to heart to Michelle and Lloyd for this gift!